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Christopher B. Behrens

Kennedale, TX USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "Strategies and Tactics for Taking Control"
    Overall

    I understand where Jim from Laredo was coming from; the author largely avoids the deeper philosophical implications of his work in exchange for a tighter focus on tactics. Read this book in order to begin to understand your eating and to begin to take control of the "mindless" portion of it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13840)
    Performance
    (12998)
    Story
    (13015)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A rip-roaring, hard sci-fi thrill ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    Possibly...the performance is outstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A tremendous balance of interesting problem-solving and human drama.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cry,and cheer.


    Any additional comments?

    Castaway meets Apollo 13 meets Flight of the Phoenix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (721)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "Worth listening to round out Crichton's work..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think there are a lot of rough edges that Crichton would have sanded down...the villains are ridiculous, and the stock lefty coward character is pretty two-dimensional. Pretty cracking adventure, though.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston again?

    Sure - I love Michael Crichton's work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the revelation at Tantalus, the stuff with the wasp's den was cool.


    Was Micro worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (659)

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
    "Stuff Addressed Better Elsewhere"
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong; there's good stuff here, but if you've read any Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, or really any self-improvement text, you'll already be familiar with what you'll find here.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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